SOS Public Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Our Meeting this week, is today, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at the Wild River Brew Pub located at 533 NE F Street, in Grants Pass, from 5:15 PM-6:15 PM.

As discussed last week, we will work really hard to stay within the parameters of a 1-hour meeting. As such, our topics will be limited. I ask that the Team Captains work hard outside the main SOS Meeting, so that the presentations are summaries of our works in progress!

THANK YOU for all of your sacrifice!

Agenda Thus Far:

1)    John McCafferty will give another presentation on the levy results by precincts; briefly, he will discuss how things changed compared to the last levy; how 54% of the County turned out to vote while only 47% of the City of Grants Pass voted. Continue reading SOS Public Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Victims’ Voices of Josephine County, Story #2

Victims’ Voices of Josephine County

By K. David Smith

This column is the second in a series that aims to give the human perspective behind the crisis in criminal justice funding in Josephine County, Oregon. In May, 2012, the voters of Josephine County rejected a ballot measure that would have increased property taxes to partially replace lost federal subsidies that had long funded the operations of the County’s Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney, Jail, and Juvenile Justice Center. As a result, more than 90 criminal justice personnel were let go, jail capacity was greatly reduced, and many crimes went unpunished. Continue reading Victims’ Voices of Josephine County, Story #2

Notes from June 11, 2013 SOS Public Meeting

Here are our notes from Tuesday’s Meeting:

Agenda:

1)    John McCafferty gave an excellent presentation on the levy results by precincts; it was quite impressive how things had changed when compared to the last levy; shocking was that 54% of the County turned out to vote while only 47% of the City of Grants Pass voted; this presentation was followed up with a lively discussion as to what might be the next proposal; for those of you who missed this presentation, do not fret as we are going to ask John to return and give the presentation again next week.
2)    Pat Fahey presented a “first taste” of what a Multi-Tier Taxing District might look like with 6 or 7 Districts; it was a great start, impressive and applauded by most; some positive points included: each district would be assigned deputies who would be attached to that district who paid for them; the deputies would start and end their shifts in their district; we could possibly join the deputies with the Rural Fire Stations as a report/substation; there is a real possibility with that type of Community Policing that we could be eligible for the federally funded “COPS” program to help get us started; Pat will be putting together a written version of the plan and we shall begin soliciting input from YOU. Continue reading Notes from June 11, 2013 SOS Public Meeting

Introducing the Weekly Column – Victims’ Voices of Josephine County

Victims’ Voices of Josephine County

By K. David Smith

This column introduces a weekly series whose aim is to give the human perspective behind the crisis in criminal justice funding in Josephine County, Oregon. In May, 2012, the voters of Josephine County rejected a ballot measure that would have increased property taxes to partially replace lost federal subsidies that had long funded the operations of the County’s Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney, Jail, and Juvenile Justice Center. As a result, more than 90 criminal justice personnel were let go, jail capacity was greatly reduced, and many crimes went unpunished. Continue reading Introducing the Weekly Column – Victims’ Voices of Josephine County